Tuscany 1827 80 fiorini
This specimen was lot 563 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $8,625. The catalog description noted, "1827 80 fiorini. MS-65 (NGC). Fanciful lily, legends around/crowned and draped arms, legends and date around. Frosty yellow gold with a high degree of lustre, a superlative beauty in all regards. Easily as nice as other high grade specimens of this issue we have seen, including the piece recently sold in New York and the piece sold by Stack's in June, 1997. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck 1827-28 only and is scarce. It is slightly heavier than a French 100 francs d'or or Sardinian 100 lire and, having a higher fineness, contains more gold. In the 1820's, Tuscany was ruled by a Hapsburg prince, Leopold II.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 32.65 g, .999 fine gold, this specimen 32.63 grams, 31.30 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-343, Pagani-91, KM C78.
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